The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Feb 24, 2010 4:10am

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News’ JAYCE HENDERSON, PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES AND CARRIE HALPERIN

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina: “Fearing Obama Agenda, States Push to Loosen Gun Laws” LINK

The Hill’s Jordy Yager: “Architect of Capitol” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson: “Obama Courts Business While Assailing Corporate Excess” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Julianna Goldman: “Obama to Take Case to CEOs After Dinner Including Immelt, Dimon” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Nick Schifrin: “Gen. Petraeus Now Praises Pakistan’s Taliban Fight” LINK

The Washington Post’s Criag Whitlock, Greg Jaffe and Julie Tate: “Death toll in Afghan war nears 1,000” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Zahid Hussain and Siobhan Gorman: “Taliban Capture Raises Hopes of Pakistan Shift” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael M. Phillips: “Government Administrator Arrives in Marjah” LINK

TERRORISM / DEFENSE:

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Ban on supporting terror groups challenged” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “Navy moves to allow women on submarines” LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: “Committee probe finds Blackwater disregarded rules in Afghanistan” LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: “Sentencing in defense contractor’s trial” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Rep. Eric Cantor: White House Health Care Bill Is a ‘Non-Starter’” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “White House Challenges GOP to Offer One Consensus Health Care Proposal” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Senate Dems warm to reconciliation” LINK

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt: “On Eve of Health Meeting, Big Questions Still Linger” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Perry Bacon Jr.: “republicans plan to stress private-sector alternatives to the president’s plan” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze and Richard Wolf: “Impact of bipartisan summit to be felt beyond health care” LINK

Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “Democrats warm to Obama’s plan to pass health bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Greg Hitt: “Health Bill Faces Hurdles in House” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Perennial Feud Remains on Abortion” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley and Kristin Jensen: “Obama Summit May Give Democrats Chance to Jumpstart Health Bill” LINK

ECONOMY / JOB CREATION:

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen and Tomoeh Murakami Tse: “Wall Street shifting political contributions to Republicans” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing: “Democrats hope bipartisan vote on jobs bill will be blueprint for future” LINK

The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein: “Senators, finally, near an attractive deal on financial regulation” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama tends to business community” LINK

The Associated Press: “Consumer confidence falls sharply in February” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “’Volcker Rule’ Stalls in Senate” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rebecca Christie: “Geithner May Give Regulators Leeway in Applying Volcker Rule” LINK

Bloomberg’s Steve Matthews and Alison Vekshin: “Bernanke May Face Concerns on Second Jobless Recovery in Decade” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “Vote on Job-Creation Measure Scheduled for Today in U.S. Senate” LINK

‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’:

The New York Times’ Thom Shanker: “2 Generals Wary About Repealing Gay Policy” LINK

The Associated Press: “Army official has ‘serious concerns’ on lifting ban on gays” LINK

TOYOTA:

The Washington Post’s Peter Whoriskey and Frank Ahrens: “Toyota unsure how to solve safety issues” LINK

REPUBLICANS / DEMOCRATS:

Politico’s Eamon Javers: “Rep. tries to rein in CIA moonlighting” LINK

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